Fun Facts

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Lists: we love making them. What are New Year Resolutions but a list of things we inevitably find excuses to not do? We prefer to make lists of fun things.

Here is one, a whimsical list of 2012 fun facts on this beautiful first day of the year:

  • According to Box Office Mojo, The Hunger Games was the third highest grossing movie in the U.S. ($408,010,692) in 2012, behind only Marvel’s The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. It is, however, the best debut film that was not a sequel.
  • Yahoo ranked The Hunger Games as the #4 “Obsession” of 2012, behind only the iPhone 5 (well, duh), Nate Silver’s political polls (this being election year after all) and the Mega Millions lottery (it was a lot of money).
  • Vulture magazine ranked The Hunger Games #7 on the list of having the most devoted fan base, with 7.8 million Facebook fans, 657,000 Twitter followers, and a voracious online community (there are over a dozen fan sites that cull the inter-webs for any HG news). This level of obsession is likely to grow with more Jennifer Lawrence exposure (Oscar?) and Catching Fire coming out later this year.
  • NPR has The Hunger Games series second only to The Harry Potter series on the list of 100 best teen novels. There are some heavy hitters on this list: The Lord of the Rings, The Catcher in the Rye, Fahrenheit 451, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Hunger Games is the number one most searched for feature film of 2012 as complied by Google Zeitgeist. This came as a big surprise and has Hunger Games fans rabid for more.
  • Suzanne Collins’s trilogy is Amazon.com’s best-selling series of all-time, supplanting the Harry Potter series. To do so with only three books compared to Harry Potter’s seven is impressive, but to do so in just four years is incredible.
  • MTV named “Katniss Everdeen” (#2) and “Effie Trinket” (#10) in the top 10 best movie characters of 2012.
  • And looking into the future, IMDb has list The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (#18) as one of the top 20 most anticipated movies of 2013.

There you have it. Clearly, The Hunger Games series is huge and is only getting bigger. Expect “Katniss” and “Mockingjay” to be further entrenched in the pop culture lexicon this year.

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